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Adlard Coles London. 1968. The history of the world's submarine cables and the ships that laid them The ugly ducklings of the sea, the ships that were primarily built to lay the telephone and telegraph cables - Compac (Australia to USA) Seacom (Asia to USA), Tat, Cantat, Ice-Can, Tast, etc etc all laid to allow normal communication prior to their obsolescence by satellites. Most of the ships have gone as too the need to operate them, the author sets out to detail and record the history of these special ships, the companies that owned them and the cables they laid. Extensively illustrated with contemporary photographs of the special ship, over 500 such ships are detailed, as too are the 600 plus individual cables that drape the oceans of the world and have done since the first was laid in 1850. Nicked and chipped dust jacket. Mushroom coloured cloth covered end boards. Good condition. 418pp, 253 mm x 190 mm.